I am available as a Research Consultant to community organisations who wish to undertake research in their organisation. This may involve
- needs analyses
- action research and / or participatory research approaches with client groups
- literature reviews
I also undertake organisational and program evaluation for community organisations and I specialise in evaluations of direct practice and organisational infrastructure.
Should you be interested in discussing the possibiity of some research consultancy work with your organisation please contact me on 3311 2329 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Full and detailed quotes are provided on request.
Current Research Projects:
Working with Survivors of Trauma: I am currently completing a book about working with survivors of childhood trauma and the strategies and skills we might use to work in this area.
Subjectivity and Social Change: I am also working on a book about the relationship between subjectivity and social change which is an adaption of my PhD thesis.
WITADA: My latest and most exciting project is the establishment of a new web based discussion group and publishing house called WITADA which is an acronym for What I Think And Dream About. I hope that WITADA will be an inspirational site where people who are serious about social change can come together to develop and discuss their ideas and develop effective strategies for social action and change. We hope to launch WITADA in July this year and I will make regular posts about our progress here.
My doctoral research was inspired by a concern with social change and how we might better understand the relationship between individual subjectivity and agency and broader social change. It provided some of the greatest opportunities for my learning both personally and academically. I am currently reworking the core themes of my thesis into a more accessible book for publication.
In more theoretical terms, this research explores the possibilities for agency and social change in the reconceptualisation of subjectivity both in relation to knowledge generation and the relationship between individuals and society. Theoretically the research is located in the broad field of postmodern feminism, particularly in relation to the postmodern challenge to modernist views of subjectivity and metanarratives. The practice context for this research is the field of youth work.
The aims of this research are:
- To explore the construction of subjectivity in relation to the influence of past experiences and dominant social discourses, and the relationship between these;
- To explore the nature of people’s conscious experience of their subjectivity;
- To explore the impact of researcher subjectivity on the research process and findings;
- To explore the possible relationship between subjectivity, agency and social change.
A copy of my thesis is available for download below and I welcome your feedback.
Previous Research Projects:
- 2012 Consultant – Youth Bail Accommodation Support Service, Organisational Evaluation. Evaluation of organisation and approach to service delivery including contextual issues.
- 2004 Consultant – Youth Bail Accommodation Support Service, Organisational Evaluation. Evaluation of organisation and approach to service delivery; exploration of the broader context of youth justice sector, legislation, policies and procedures.
- 2003 Consultant – Carina Youth Agency, Organisational Evaluation.Evaluation of organisation including multiple levels of service delivery and organisational infrastructure; explored related issues of youth homelessness.
- 2002 Consultant – Brisbane Youth Service, Employment Program Evaluation. Evaluation of project in broader organisational context; addressed issues of education, training and employment for marginalised young people.
- 1993 Consultant – Brisbane Youth Service, Opportunistic Prostitution Research Project. Design of research methodology involving the use of peer researchers; supervision of all aspects of the research process and compilation of final report. )Ferguson, Susan “Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Young People and Opportunistic Prostitution in Fortitude Valley and Brisbane City, Brisbane Youth Service, 1993.)
- 1993 Consultant – Southern Suburbs Youth Project. Action research designed to simultaneously establish a data base, agency relationships and the capacity of the whole community to respond to youth and family issues. Gilmore, Jenny Peile, Colin with Ferguson, Susan. 1993 “That Happened To Me …” An Exploration of the Issues Facing Young People in the Outer Southern Suburbs of Brisbane, Report for the Commonwealth Department of Health, Housing, Local Government and Community Services, June 1993